According to Physicians for Social Responsibility, the cost of gun violence in the United States each year is more than $100 billion. While gun violence is the result of many factors, the availability of guns to children, felons and mentally unstable individuals is a signficant problem.
Representative Waxman supports common sense gun control measures that keep deadly weapons out of the hands of criminals, children and other high-risk individuals. He supports reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, requirements for child safety locks on handguns, increased requirements for background checks at gun shows and stronger regulation of high-powered .50 caliber weapons.
Rep. Waxman sponsored legislation that would prohibit only gun kits that allow individuals to build homemade assault weapons. He has cosponsored of a number of other measures that would reduce gun violence in America:
- The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, which would ban high capacity magazines such as the one that was used in the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona.
- The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, which would require background checks for firearm transfers at guns shows.
- Legislation that would ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms and explosives.
- The Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011, which would improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which identifies individuals who have been disqualified from owning a firearm because of an existing criminal record or documented mental illness.